Factors affecting the choice of research topic (sociology)


Theoretical perspective

New right – might look at the effects of increasing welfare benefits on family structure and life.  This is because welfare dependency is central to new right thinking on the familiy.
Feminists – research into domestic violence.  This is because they are opposed to gender oppression
and control in families.

Researchers values

Researchers who are concerned about equality might choose a topic like social class differences in educational achievement.

Society’s values

As societies values change so does the focus


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